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Abdel Hakim Abdel Samad Kamel (Arabic: عبد الحكيم عبد الصمد كامل‎; born October 7, 1962) is an Egyptian folk-singer. In addition to the number of albums he has put out, on December 11, 2006 he was the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Peace Prize event.[1]

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Background information
Native name
عبد الحكيم عبد الصمد كامل
Birth nameAbd El-Hakim Abd El-Samad Kamel
Born (1962-10-07) October 7, 1962 (age 56)
Cairo, Egypt
OriginEl Minya, Egypt
GenresFolk, shaabi, Middle Eastern, belly dance,
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1992–present



Hakim was born in Maghagha, a small town in El Minya, Egypt. Hakim grew up with the sound of working- and lower-class tradition of Sha'abimusic; the root of southern Egyptian. He admired the great Sha'bi singer Ahmed Adaweyah. He reportedly began singing at age 8, and practiced mawwāwil, the vocal improvisations which begin a Sha'bi song. He formed a band while in high school, obtained his college degree in Cairo and then returned to Minya to continue in music, before moving back to Cairo.[2][3]

Musical stylesEdit


  • Nazra (1992)
  • Nar (1994)
  • Efred (1997)
  • Hayel (1998)
  • Yaho (2000)
  • The Lion Roars - Hakim Live In America (2000)
  • Talakik (2002)
  • Taminy Alek (2004)
  • El Youm Dol (2004)
  • Kolo Yoross (2005)
  • Lela (2006) (with James Brown and Stevie Wonder)
  • "Tigy Tigy" (with Don Omar) (2007)
  • Ya Mazago (2011)
  • Ala Wadaak (2017)


  1. ^ "Hakim prepares for the Noble Peace prize". Al Bawaba. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  2. ^ Hakim, The Lion of Egypt. WOMEX, c 2015,
  3. ^ Miller, Claire (2006-11-14). "Hakim synthesizes Eastern street-pop with Western techno". Yakima Herald-Republic.

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